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Jim Gaffigan’s One-Hour Standup Special Cinco Now Streaming On Netflix

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Cinco will join the comedian’s four previous comedy specials, (Obsessed, Mr. Universe, King Baby, and Beyond The Pale) presently available on the streaming service. In an unprecedented move, Netflix exclusively has the rights to the entire Gaffigan comedy special library worldwide.

Cinco captures Gaffigan’s recent Fully Dressed Tour, which included a sold-out performance at The Madison Square Garden Arena in New York, and smashed a Salt Lake City record with 29,000 tickets sold. Dubbed the “King of Clean Comedy” by The Wall Street Journal, Gaffigan opened for Pope Francis on his first visit to the United States. As of June 2016, Gaffigan was the most popular comic on all of Pandora with over 647 million spins.

The multi-Grammy nominated comedian and New York Times best selling author (“Dad is Fat” and “Food: A Love Story”) recently pulled the plug on his critically acclaimed television show, “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” so he and his writing/producing partner and wife, Jeannie Gaffigan, could spend more time with their five young children. Mrs. Gaffigan co-wrote and directed Cinco.

Gaffigan will appear in season 3 of FX’s “Fargo” with Ewan McGregor. Additionally the comedian/actor is scheduled to appear in six motion pictures in 2017 including Chappaquidick (Jason Clarke, Kate Mara), The Bleeder (Liev Schrieber, Naomi Watts) Guardian Brothers (Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman).

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Disney Channel Releases New Descendants 2 Teaser Trailer

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Disney Channel has debuted the new Descendants 2 teaser trailer.

The story deepens in the music-driven sequel to the global smash hit Descendants as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains — Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay (also known as Villain Kids or VKs) — try to find their place in idyllic Auradon. When the pressure to be royally perfect becomes too much for Mal, she returns to her rotten roots on the Isle of the Lost where her archenemy Uma, the daughter of Ursula, has taken her spot as self-proclaimed queen of the run-down town. Uma, still resentful over not being selected by Ben to go to Auradon Prep with the other Villain Kids, stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook’s son Harry and Gaston’s son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.

Emmy Award-winning director Kenny Ortega (Descendants, “High School Musical” movies, 2016’s “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) returns as director, executive producer and choreographer of Descendants 2.

Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie”), Cameron Boyce (“Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything,” “Jessie”), Booboo Stewart (X-Men Days of Future Past), Sofia Carson (“Adventures in Babysitting”) and Mitchell Hope are reprising their starring roles as Mal, Carlos, Jay, Evie and King Ben, respectively. China Anne McClain (“A.N.T. Farm”) will join the cast as Uma, the daughter of Ursula from The Little Mermaid. Casting will be announced soon for additional new characters, including the progeny of villains Captain Hook and Gaston.

Lauded writers Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon (“The Starter Wife,” “Runaway Bride”), who won a 2016 Writers Guild Award for Descendants, wrote Descendants 2 and will also executive-produce with Wendy Japhet (Descendants, An Education, The Italian Job). “Descendants” costume designer Kara Saun (“Project Runway”) and production designer Mark Hofeling (“Teen Beach Movie,” “High School Musical”) are also signed on for the sequel. Tony Testa (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “This Is It”) will join the creative team as choreographer with Ortega, and Shawn Williamson (“Adventures in Babysitting”) will join as producer.

Descendants 2 will premiere this summer.

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Netflix First Look At Mute

Netflix presents the First Look at the highly-anticipated futuristic thriller Mute. Enter the captivating world of visionary filmmaker Duncan Jones, featuring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux and newcomer Seyneb Saleh.

Duncan Jones, the creative mind behind the cult-hit Moon and Source Code, returns to his creative roots with this original and gripping story set in an immersive universe.

Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgard) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin. Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo’s search for her takes him deep into the city’s seedy underbelly.  A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love.

The Netflix original film is directed by Duncan Jones and written by Jones and Michael Robert Johnson. Stuart Fenegan serves as producer and Charles J.D. Schissel and Trevor Beattie serve as executive producers. The film will launch in all territories where Netflix is available in 2017.

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First Look At Marvel’s The Defenders

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Entertainment Weekly goes back to the beginning in this week’s cover story, stepping on set during the Defenders first scene together to dive into the making of Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series.

The cast and filmmakers talk choosing the street-level fighters, picking the villain played by Sigourney Weaver, toying with new dynamics between the heroes (not for hire), and crafting a story that felt as real and as grounded as the previous shows. Speaking of which, make sure to read quick catch-up guides to each of the Defenders on air — and prepare yourself for what’s to come with a preview to Iron Fist, along with teases on where each Defender will be when the eight-part crossover begins.

For more on Marvel’s The Defenders, including exclusive photographs and interviews, pick up Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday.

Read more HERE.

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Kevin Smith Directing Batman ’89 Themed Episode of The Goldbergs

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In an upcoming episode, ABC’s ’80s sitcom “The Goldbergs” will tackle one of the decade’s last major pop culture events: the release of Tim Burton’s “Batman.” Bringing the episode to life is one of Batman’s biggest fans — filmmaker Kevin Smith.

The episode will revolve around the release of the 1989 superhero film starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The episode, titled “The Dynamic Duo,” starts filming next week.

Smith spoke with IGN about his excitement for this Batman episode, saying: “I grew up watching the Adam West ‘Batman’ and I was in a sold out movie theater for Tim Burton’s ‘Batman’ on opening day, June 23rd, 1989, so I can’t wait to recreate those early eras of Bat-amania in the Goldbergs Universe. Luckily, the funny folks in front of and behind the cameras who make this hysterical show every week will be doing all the heavy lifting in our time travel experiment.”

“Goldbergs” EP and creator Adam F. Goldberg is as big a fan of Smith as Smith is of Batman. “I’ve waited in long lines to have him sign my ‘Bluntman’ comics, I’ve collected his ‘Clerks’ action figures, I’ve forced my writers to watch clips of his speaking engagements and I shoe-horned in a part for him in my screenplay for ‘Fanboys’ just so I could meet the guy,” said Goldberg. The show creator added that he bonded with his brother over Smith’s films. “There is no better person out there to help bring our Burton’s Batman episode to life. Truly.”

The “Batman” episode of “The Goldbergs” will air later this spring. The episode comes after Smith’s recent turns directing episodes of the CW’s “Flash” and “Supergirl.” The director, known for feature films like “Mallrats” and “Clerks,” is becoming TV’s go-to guy for bringing the DC Universe to the small screen. Smith’s “Supergirl” episode, titled “Supergirl Lives,” will air on the CW on January 23, 2017.

“The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, AJ Michalka, George Segal and Jeff Garlin and airs on ABC on Wednesday nights.

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Batman Classic TV Series Premier Collection Batman Resin Statue

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A Diamond Select Toys Release! Holy left cross, Batman! This 12-inch scale resin statue of Adam West as Batman is based on his appearance in the Batman Classic TV Series, and depicts him throwing a massive punch at one of his numerous foes or their underlings. The base for this statue even provides the “POW!!” sound effect that showed up on screen in every fight! Featuring detailed paint applications and limited to only 1,966 pieces, this statue comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Clayburn Moore! ($149.99)

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Watch The New Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Trailer

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Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.

The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and also stars Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes.

The series premieres January 13, 2017 only on Netflix.

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Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special Coming To The Disney Channel

As Donald Duck’s flock of family and friends migrate south for a warmer climate holiday, he stays put to finally experience his first Christmas winter wonderland with the most enthusiastic Christmas reveler ever, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie, Pluto and Goofy.  Although Donald is out of his element in the freezing cold, he wants to do it all – so his pal Mickey creates the ultimate list of everything that will make Donald’s first Christmas great, in a delightfully funny Mickey Mouse cartoon, “Duck the Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special,” premiering Friday December 9 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EST), on Disney Channel, the Disney Channel app and Disney Channel VOD. It will also be televised Monday, December 12 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on DisneyXD.

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Part of the Emmy Award- and Annie Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoons, the holiday special includes appearances by Uncle Scrooge McDuck, nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, Professor Ludwig Von Drake, Gus Goose and Santa Claus, among others. It also features a flashback to Mickey’s childhood when he dashed through a Dickensian town pulled on a sleigh by Pluto (as a puppy), greeting townsfolk in a British accent.

Original songs in the special include the jazzy and warm “Joy, O It’s Christmas Time” performed by Mickey wearing a retro sweater vest and hat, and a show-stopping spectacular performed by Mickey and Donald (and featuring Minnie and Goofy), “Jing-a-Ling-a-Ling.”

Emmy Award winner Paul Rudish is the executive producer and supervising director; Todd Popp is the line producer; Alonso Ramirez Ramos and Dave Wasson are the directors. The music is by Christopher Willis. Jenny Gase-Baker and Joseph Holt are the art directors and Illya Owens is the editor. The story was written by Darrick Bachman.

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Watch The DuckTales Teaser Trailer

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Disney Television Animation and DisneyXD have revealed the official teaser trailer for their upcoming DuckTales revival .

The new DuckTales series’ adventures will once again take viewers along as Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews—Huey, Dewey, and Louie—and the optimistic-yet-temperamental Donald Duck embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley, and Webbigail Vanderquack.

“DuckTales has a special place in Disney’s TV animation history,”Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming, and General Manager, DisneyXD, previously said. “It drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks’ comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation.”

A generation’s seminal cartoon, DuckTales led the daily syndicated cartoon block “The Disney Afternoon” with 100 episodes produced from 1987–‘90. An animated theatrical film, DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp, premiered in 1990.

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Mondo Gallery Presents: A Nick-Nick-Nick-N-Nick-Nick-Nick…Nickelodeon Show

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Mondo is thrilled to announce their final gallery show of the year, a new one-week poster exhibit highlighting iconic Nickelodeon properties including gorgeous prints for The Ren & Stimpy Show, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rocko’s Modern Life, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters and Avatar.

The awesome line-up of artists includes Florian Bertmer, Dave Perillo, Francesco Francavilla, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Sachin Teng, Ciro Nieli, Sara Kipin and Janice Chu.

The opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, December 9, from 7:00 – 10:00pm at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX (4115 Guadalupe St). The show will run through Saturday, December 17.

Mondo Creative Director Mitch Putnam said “Nickelodeon was a huge part of my childhood. It represented everything cool and rebellious, and parents didn’t know anything about it. We worked with a number of great artists to pay homage to some of the channel’s most influential programming. We hope you have as much fun seeing it as we had making it.”

Mondo will host a special Family Day on Saturday, December 10, from 10am – NOON, featuring a Slime Building Workshop with Mad Science of Austin, face painting, photo booth, coffee and donuts, and more.

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